Monday, May 25, 2015

Monday Miscellany: Odds, Ends and Personals

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Listening to a news item as to which driver had pole position for the Formula 1 race yesterday had me wondering as to the origin of the term.  

It turns out to be a 19th century expression that came to be applied to car racing in the 1950's to denote the front position of the starting grid.  In horse racing the fastest qualifyig horse was placed on the inside position next to the starting pole.
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From Byter Brett B in respect of the Ronald Kessler post:

I'm not saying Mr. Kessler is wrong, but I notice he bad-mouths every Democrat, and praises every Republican.  Truth, or bias?   Brett
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When an Australian man recorded his own fart to send to his brother, he inadvertently popped out a major seventh arpeggio in B flat, with a trill at the end. It could happen to anyone, really. Calling it his "Magnum Anus" and a "rectum opus", it was the number one You Tube video in the world for one day in May 2015. Cue a standing ovation from musical-fart aficionados everywhere. 


Here is the link to the YouTube item: 

Makes one proud to be Australian. That should have been in Eurovision instead of Guy Sebastian.

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The following obituary was sent to me as an email under the subject heading "An Obituary that appeared in the London Times." It was sent to me by Byter Sue De L and is based on an item by Lori Borgman, which can be read at:

I am unaware as to whether it appeared in The Times, as stated, but it was read on the BBC, see:

You may not agree with all the comments made but a lot of it makes good sense, which is probably a sibling of Common Sense.

The Death of Common Sense.

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape.

He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:

Knowing when to come in out of the rain; why the early bird gets the worm:

Life isn't always fair, and maybe it was my fault.

Common sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults are in charge not children)

His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of an 8 year old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate, teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch, and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.

Common sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children. It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student, but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

Common sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses, and criminals received better treatment than their victims,

Common sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.

Common sense finally gave up the will to live, after a women failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.

Common sense was preceded in death, by his parents, truth and trust

His wife, discretion

His daughter, Responsibility

His son, reason.

He is survived by his 4 stepbrothers

I know my rights

I want my rights

I want it now

I’m a victim.

Not many attended his funeral because so few realised he was gone. If you still remember him, pass this on if not, join the majority and do nothing.

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